This week-long intensive second year team project was a collaborative event between students from Falmouth University’s BA(Hons) Sustainable Product Design and University of Exeter’s BSc Renewable Energy courses. This is the second year this project has been run.
The brief was to help the local charity Shelterbox respond to a natural disaster in a developing country. The students had to create the means by which a supply of electricity could be produced by local villagers, using simple components and small rocky streams in the area to light a range of light bulbs.
Eight groups of students designed and made free standing, hands-off micro-hydro turbine/generators from recycled found materials and machinery. Many of the groups made use of recycled bicycle components from old bikes donated by the Falmouth & Exeter Students’ Union. Using the small rocky streams in the historic Kennall Vale site between Falmouth and Truro, the generators were tried and tested by lighting up a range of light bulbs to measure wattage output.